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Pentax DA HD Limited 15mm f/4 ED

Aperture Series: Ice on Beaver Pond at Sunrise (Pentax K3)

Pentax K3, shake reduction off.

This aperture series evaluate the Pentax HD Limited 15mm f/4 on a real-world subject. See the general notes in the Sidelit Barn example.

Focus placement

There scene is demanding because there is a need for considerable depth of field and yet even on APS-C this is a tough order given the foreground to background distance and small details.

To maximize depth of field over the desired range, a well-considered placement of focus is critical. But at the time it was my very first usage of the 15mm f/4, and I was unaware of the very strong tendency to sharpen the edges and corners well forward of the focus at center; this appears to be a very strong forward field curvature at the periphery possibly also accompanied by an moderate forward focus shift!

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